While (as some of you readers know) Chenier lost its island when the 42-sim Ile de Femme complex of which it was a part closed (we’ll always have fond memories of it), we still have an Embassy to the Second Life Mainlands, a Linden Home at 153 Ugle Point.
While I’ve had a rooftop park on the building for years (yes, years), and the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries (a nuptial gift from Anne of Brittany to Louis XII of France, around 1500 AD/CE), I’ve been remiss on improvements or showing the tapestries off to best advantage.
I’m in the middle of correcting that, for my own satisfaction and hopefully that of my friends in The Estate of Chenier.
First, I decided to tackle the lack of demarcation between dining space, dance space, and cramped area for viewing the Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries, and the somewhat idiosyncratic sign on the entrance to the building:
Authorized entrants (The Chenier Embassy is a highly secured area with entrance only to those with prior authorization) now arrive at the front doorstep and see a new sign welcoming them to the Embassy in both of Chenier’s official languages, English and French. Opening the door, they immediately see the first tapestry in the Hunt of the Unicorn series, “The Hunters Enter the Woods” on a new partition separating the bar and foyer from the dining area.
The dining area can be reached easily, but those at the table aren’t distracted by traffic at the building entry. Casual visitors or diners can now see the second tapestry in the series without standing in the stairwell to the second story of the building, and visitors and diners still enjoy views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the dining and dance spaces.
The embassy roof park is made on a square plot, not precisely conforming to the layout of the building under it. It hosts the symbolic oak common to most prior Chenier sims (the term “chenier” means “place of the oak” in French), a breakfast nook near the Chenier national flag, a secluded picnic spot, a park bench and a swimming pool.
This layout results in a wide walkway along one side of the part being part of Ugle Point’s Protected Area surrounding the Embassy and other Linden Homes in the area.
Those on this part of the park cannot see those in the rest of the Park and cannot read Nearby Chat messages or hear music, voice or other sounds from inside the bounds of the building. Those of us in the Estate of Chenier part of the park can’t see those people in the walkway or see/hear their conversations, either. This is to allow Chenieriennes and our guests privacy within the Embassy, even on the rooftops (still protected by Land Privacy Options).
To protect Chenieriennes and our neighbors from any awkward situations involving undress in a Moderate sim (since we can and do indulge in nudity within the protected bounds of our building as is allowed in Moderate sims), the walkway is now fenced off from the rest of the park with warning signage on the entrance to the walkway on either side, indicating which parts of the park are Estate of Chenier property and which are part of Ugle Point Protected Land, and warning our members and guests not to venture outside the Estate while nude.
All rooftop space in the Embassy is usable to guests and members and accessible by teleport, but the ‘patio’ on the roof of the ground floor was isolated from the rooftop park except by TP.
A single-prim stair now connects these two areas, so that dances can be held out on the patio (note the Intan dance ball in the skylight) while guests move freely to and from the swimming pool and other amenities in the rooftop park.
While dance space is nice, we’ve got an awful lot of it at the Embassy. Any members of the Estate of Chenier or friends reading this, I’m open to suggestions for how best to use the patio space in the picture. Be nice….
UPDATE: I’ve made extensive changes to the Chenier Embassy since Linden Labs gave Linden Home owners eighty or so more prims. I’ll write a new entry in this blog about it soon. Stay tuned!